A M C 8

29th Annual
American Mathematics Competitions
AMC 8
TEACHERS’
MANUAL
Instructions and Reporting Forms
for School Contest Managers
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Please read this booklet thoroughly upon receipt.
DATES TO REMEMBER
AMC 10/AMC 12 - Tuesday, February 4, 2014 &/or Wednesday, February 19, 2014
AIME - Thursday, March 13, 2014 or Wednesday, March 26, 2014
USAMO & USAJMO - Tuesday & Wednesday, April 29-30, 2014
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Dear AMC 8 Managers,
Welcome to the 29th annual American Mathematics Competitions’ AMC 8. You and your students will find the 2013
AMC 8 an excellent learning experience.
Please thoroughly read this manual for the rules and regulations for the AMC 8. Several days before the contest date
fill out the School Identification Form and have the students complete the non-answer sections of the Answer Form
(See Sections III and V) .
We again have a “window” which will enable schools to participate officially in case of a school closing or an academic
conflict with the official scheduled date. The alternate “window” dates are November 20-26. Further rules governing
the use of the “window” are found on page 6 of this manual.
The Edyth May Sliffe Award, recognizing distinguished mathematics teaching, will be continued in 2013. Further
details for nominating a teacher from your school are on page 9.
We will make every effort to process your results rapidly. Most schools will receive their results before the holiday break.
On behalf of the Committee on the American Mathematics Competitions, I send my appreciation to you for all of
your help with this contest.
Sincerely,
Dr. Steven R. Dunbar
Director, MAA American Mathematics Competitions
American Mathematics Competitions
University of Nebraska - Lincoln | PO Box 880658 | 1740 Vine Street | Lincoln, NE 68588-0658
402.472.2257/phone | 402.472.6087/fax | [email protected] | maa.org/math-competitions
Table of Contents
Letter to Teachers................................................................................................................................................2
I. Points to Note......................................................................................................................................................3
II. Contents of The Package . .................................................................................................................................4
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IV. Instructions For The Day of The Contest .......................................................................................................4
V. Instructions For Completing The School Identification Form.....................................................................5
VI. What To Do Following The Contest ...............................................................................................................5
VII. Report of Results.................................................................................................................................................5
VIII. Eligibility and Participation Schedule..............................................................................................................5
IX. Policy Statements................................................................................................................................................5
X. Intramural Awards..............................................................................................................................................6
Questionnaire to Help Us Serve You Better....................................................................................................7
XI. AMC 8 CERTIFICATION FORM 2013 .........................................................................................................8
XII. Sliffe Nomination Form ....................................................................................................................................9
XIII. Additional Bundles Form................................................................................................................................10
XIV. Proof of Intent to Pay.......................................................................................................................................10
XV. AMC 8 Rescoring Request Form....................................................................................................................11
XVI. AMC 8 Practice Questions..............................................................................................................................12
XVII. Publicity.............................................................................................................................................................22
XVIII. Letter to Parents................................................................................................................................................23
XIX. Certificate of Participation (facing page)......................................................................................................24
XX. Facsimile of the AMC 8 front cover...............................................................................................................25
AMC Sponsors and Contributors..................................................................................................................26
I. Points to Note
Let Parents/Guardians know about
this activity!
NO CALCULATORS
The Committee on the American Mathematics Competitions has decided that the use of any calculator will not be allowed. No problems
on the contest will require the use of a calculator.
The letter found on page 23 can be duplicated and sent home
with students or handed out at parent/teacher conference time
or open house.
Block Scheduling or Other Conflicts
Survey Questionnaire
The Committee on the American Mathematics Competitions has
decided that the contest may now be administered on more than one
day during the window period. Please keep all student answer forms
secured, and send everything back to us after all administrations
have taken place.
We are constantly trying to improve and streamline our processes.
We would greatly appreciate it if you would take the time to
answer the 8 questions found on page 7. Mark responses using
the grid on the back side of the school ID Form. Thank you!
Give your Student Scores a Boost!
K-12 Teacher Membership
You can find a sampling of good practice questions on pages 13-21
in this manual! Also, our Math Club Package provides more practice
questions and resources to help teachers prepare students for the AMC
8. (Use the publications order form found on our website.)
With registration, you automatically receive a K-12 Teacher
Membership in the Mathematical Association of America with
e-subscriptions to MAA magazines, discounts on books and
meetings, and access to the Curriculum Inspirations resources.
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II. Contents Of The Package
IV. Instructions For The Day
of The Contest
Your contest package contains
1. Teachers’ Manual,
2. AMC 8 Report Envelope (marked with your school ID),
3. School Identification Form,
4. Contest bundles,
5. 10 Answer Forms for each bundle of 10 exams ordered,
(Please check that the number of bundles corresponds to the
number ordered. If it does not, call the AMC office as soon as
possible.)
7. Contest Manager’s Envelope (contains a complimentary copy
of the AMC 8 contest),
8. Complimentary materials,
9. Math Messenger.
Do not open the contest bundle(s) until just before you are ready
to hand the exams to the students.
1. Seat students so they are separated by an empty space, if possible.
2. Hand out the Answer Forms.
3. Provide a #2 lead pencil with a good eraser for each student.
4. Open the contest bundle(s), hand out the AMC 8 and inform
the students that they are not to open the contest booklet until
instructed to do so.
5. As you hand out the contest, tell the students to disregard the
page which contains instructions for the contest manager.
6. Instruct students to read the entire front cover of the AMC 8.
Allow 3 minutes to do this.
7. This 40 minute contest has twenty-five questions. When it is
time to begin, tell students to unfold it to see all the problems
and to be cautious about following the correct numeric
sequence.
8. You will note that after the question there are five possible
answers labeled A, B, C, D, and E. Only one answer is correct.
Have your students mark their answers to these problems by
the corresponding number on the answer form.
9. Tell your students to be AS CERTAIN AS POSSIBLE OF THEIR
ANSWERS BEFORE THEY MARK THE FORM. Forms which
contain imperfect erasures may not be read by the scanner that
scores the contest. Tell your students to take special care to
mark the answer in the row which corresponds to the problem
number.
10.Remark to Teacher: Some students might wish to keep a
personal record of their answers by circling their answers on
the contest booklet before they are marked on the form. This
procedure is acceptable provided it does not consume too much
time. However, the official answers will be the ones blackened
on the answer form.
11.Ask if there are any questions about procedures. Inform the
participants that talking or asking questions during the contest
is not allowed; they must do their own work.
12.Remind students that they have 40 minutes to complete the
contest. Then tell them to BEGIN.
13.The contest should be proctored continuously as you would
for any important contest. The proctor must warn any students
whose eyes wander and disqualify any students caught copying
answers or collaborating. Try to provide as quiet an environment
as possible.
14.Announce when there are 15 minutes left and when there are
5 minutes left.
15.When time is up, tell the students to STOP and have them sign
their name in the space provided on the Student Answer Form.
Collect the Answer Forms and exams as quickly as possible.
Inform the students that the contest and solutions may not be
discussed with anyone outside of their contest administration
either orally, via email, internet, copier or media of any type
until after November 26.
16.Collect all the students’ Contest Booklets following the administraion of the contests. As the Answer Forms are handed in,
check that each student’s name is on each one and bubbled
in completely.
17.Please do not grade the answer forms. Send them to the AMC
for grading. Tell the students that their scores will be available
by late December.
III. What Must Be Done Prior To
November 19, 2013
1. Complete the following Pre-Examination processes associated
with the AMC 8 Answer Forms:
a. Have the students complete the following parts of the form.
(The most common errors in the past have been filling in more
than one circle in a column or not completely filling in the
circles).
(1) Last Name
(2) First Name
(3) Middle Initial
(4) Section Letter (if applicable)
For each math class participating in the AMC 8, you may
assign a different section letter of the alphabet (A-Z). These
letters are assigned at the Contest Manager’s discretion,
and may be assigned by class, grade or ability group. Ten
or more students should be assigned to each Section Letter.
If you return results with Sections that have fewer than
ten students, we will combine these Sections into a single
Section. Certificates are given to the top 3 students in each
section (see page 6-7).
(5) Age/date of birth, grade and gender
b. Collect the Answer Forms for redistribution on the contest
date.
c. Please make a final check to see if the forms have been
marked correctly.
2. Review the rules found on the package(s) of the AMC 8.
3. Discuss with your students the questions and solutions from
previous AMC 8’s so that they may see the type of questions
to expect.
4. Review with your students the instructions on the cover of the
2013 AMC 8, found on page 25 of this manual.
5. The day before the contest, remind students of the time and
place of the AMC 8.
6. Make arrangements to mail the AMC 8 REPORT ENVELOPE(s)
by a trackable mail service.
7. Obtain a supply of: (a) #2 lead pencils with good erasers,
and (b) unmarked scratch paper. Students may not use a
calculator.
Inform students that no aids are permitted other than scratch paper,
graph paper, ruler, protractors, and erasers. No calculators
are allowed. No problems on the contest will require the
use of a calculator.
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media of any type until after November 26.
b. The contest booklets must be collected from the students.
They may be returned to the students after November 26.
V. Instructions For Completing
The School Identification Form
Several days before the contest date, please complete the following
items on the School Identification Form.
1. Stamp or write your school name and complete school mailing
address in the box in the upper-right hand corner. Please do
not use address labels.
2. School ID -- Your School ID is on your AMC 8 Report
Envelope. Copy your School ID in the empty boxes under the
words “School ID.” Your school ID is 5 digits followed by a
letter.
3. Mark the number of completed Answer Forms returned. Please
do not count or return answer forms of students who were
absent, blank forms or teacher “practice” forms.
4. Mark the proper circles for the date the contest was actually
administered.
5. Be sure to complete the Survey on Page 7 by marking your
answers on the back side of the ID form.
VII. Report of Results
The AMC 8 will be centrally scored at the AMC office at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Each school report includes the following data:
1. A list of the top 25 students in your school.
2. A report for each section with a minimum of 5 students. This
report lists the score of each student.
3. One combined report for all sections with fewer than 5 students.
4. Tables of Item Difficulty for the participants in your school.
5. A 2014 AMC 10/AMC 12 Registration Form will be included
with your results. The dates of the AMC 10/AMC 12 are
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 and/or Wednesday, February 19,
2014. We recommend interested students study prior year
AMC 10/AMC 12 exams.
6. The names of the top-scoring students and national award
winners will be listed on the AMC website. They will be posted
following the complete analysis of results.
VI. What To Do Following The
Contest
1. Place the School ID Form on top of the Answer Forms and
insert in the Report Envelope.
PLEASE NOTE:
Notes:
IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE YOUR 2013 AMC 8 REPORT OF
RESULTS BY JANUARY 15, 2014 PLEASE CALL THE AMC
OFFICE at 800-527-3690.
a. Please arrange the forms by section with each form facing
the same direction with the same side up.
REMOVE ALL PAPER CLIPS, RUBBER BANDS OR
NOTE PAPER ATTACHED TO ANY ANSWER FORMS.
PLEASE FAN THE FORMS SEPARATING ANY THAT
MIGHT BE STUCK TOGETHER.
b. Place no more than 200 forms in one envelope.
c. Do not return blank forms or teacher “practice” forms.
2. Complete the Certification Form, page 8. If you did not
nominate a teacher for the Sliffe award when you registered,
please do so now on the Sliffe Award Nomination Form on
page 9.
3. Ask your Principal or person with comparable title to sign the
Certification Form. Place the Certification Form in the AMC 8
Report Envelope, seal and send it by a trackable mail service
within 24 hours or as soon as possible after all administrations
have taken place.
ALL student answer forms returned for grading will be RECYCLED
after February 15, 2014.
VIII. Eligibility and Participation
Schedule
1. Any student 14.5 years of age or younger on the day of the
contest and not enrolled in grades 9, 10, 11, or 12 or equivalent
is eligible to participate.
2. The contest may be given during regular mathematics classes,
to a section of the students, or at one time to the entire group
of students.
Notes:
 Indicate the number of packages you are returning
Notes:
a. You should discuss academic integrity with your students if
the contest is administered at several times or on more than
one day, and all copies of the contest should be retained by
the teacher until after all administrations have taken place.
b. See Section IX for instructions relating to administering
the contest on other dates.
in the space provided on the Report Envelope.
 Affix adequate postage to the AMC 8 Report
Envelope.
 The AMC 8 Student ANSWER FORMS sent to
Lincoln for grading will not be returned.
 We charge $10 for rescoring a student’s individual
contest.
4. Please note: After you have delivered all of the Answer Forms
to the school office to be mailed, you may discuss the contest
and solutions with your students. Remember that there will be
schools taking the contest in other locations at different times,
and some will be taking the contest on other “window” dates.
a. Inform the students that the contest and solutions may
not be discussed with anyone outside of their contest
administration either orally, via email, internet, copier or
IX. Policy Statements
Statement 1
Official & Unofficial Administration
of the AMC 8
Early Administration is NEVER permitted and will lead to a
disqualification of the results. Such an administration would
jeopardize the validity of all scores from other schools.
Official Administration: If you are unable to give the contest on
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November 19th because, for example,
a.your school is closed,
b.your school has an academic conflict,
c.the class periods have been shortened due to an assembly
or other reason, or
d.the majority of your students will be on a field trip,
not be eligible for state or national awards. A teacher or a school
adminstrator may read the questions to the student and mark the
answers as directed by the student. Please be sure to mark this
information on the School Certification Form (page 8).
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then your school may use any day between November 20-26.
The AMC 8 should be given officially on the first day that the
school has available testing time, from Wednesday, November 20
through Tuesday, November 26.
Please note: Because the contest may be given officially during the
“window” days, as indicated above, you must collect the students’
contest booklets and instruct them not to discuss the contest
questions and solutions outside their contest administration until
after November 26.
We define the term “contest administration” as a group of students
who are taking the contest at the same time in the same room.
Braille or Large Print Exams
The AMC 8 is available in Braille and large print formats. Braille
and large print exams must be ordered prior to October 29, 2013.
Please contact us at [email protected] for more information.
1. The time limit set by the Committee on the American
Mathematics Competitions for visually impaired students is
70 MINUTES.
2. Please note that a certified teacher or a school administrator
may read the questions to the student and mark the answers
as directed by the student.
Unofficial administration after November 26 is permitted. Be
sure to mark the exceptions box at the bottom of the certification
form as indicated. The last date to take the contest unofficially is
Friday, December 13th, 2013.
Statement 7
English Language Learners
English Language Learners may use a book or dual-language
nontechnical dictionary between their native language and
English. A student may use the dictionary only the first time that
he/she takes the AMC 8. The dictionary must be given to the school
contest manager to examine and retain for the 24-hour period
preceding the test. The proctor must announce to other students
that the student(s) has/have been given special permission to use
the dictionary during the contest.
Statement 2
Irregularities
If it is clear to the Contest Manager or another proctor that
a student has cheated, then the Manager must disqualify the
student’s score and not submit that student’s AMC 8 ANSWER
FORM for grading.
If there is inconclusive evidence of cheating or an
accusation without clear evidence, the Contest Manager must
report this irregularity in writing when submitting the ANSWER
FORMS for the school. This written report and the questionable
ANSWER FORM(s) should be clearly identified, banded together
and submitted along with the other ANSWER FORMS.
Statement 8
Request for Student Names Policy
The American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) receives requests
from educational institutions and organizations for the names of
high-scoring AMC 8 students. The AMC evaluates interested
institutions and organizations individually for appropriateness.
We do not collect addresses of students participating in the AMC
8, so we are not able to provide lists allowing direct contact of
students. Instead, we provide legitimate educational institutions
of all levels and professional and scholarly organizations with
the postal address of school contest managers who have students
meeting criteria such as high score or region of school. Then
consistent with school policies and at the discretion of the school
contest manager and the school administration, the contest
manager can pass the organization’s information to students. Most
organizations find this an effective and appropriate way to contact
high-ability middle-school students.
Statement 3
Follow-up Inquiries
The results of this AMC 8 identify students with exceptional
mathematical ability. To assure that the purpose is served, the
Committee on the American Mathematics Competitions reserves
the right to make inquiries about scores, to re-examine students
and to disqualify scores if necessary. If the required security
procedures are not followed, all scores from a school may be
disqualified.
Statement 4
Refund/Credit Policy
If your school is unable to take the AMC 8, please use the
materials as practice sets for the next year. WE CANNOT GIVE
REFUNDS OR CREDITS AFTER THE CONTEST MATERIALS
ARE SHIPPED.
X. Intramural Awards
 School Certificate of Honor — awarded to schools with a team
score (AMC 8, top 3 students scores) of 66 or greater.
 School Certificate of Merit — awarded to schools with a team
score (AMC 8, top 3 students scores) between 50 and 65,
inclusive.
 Certificate of Distinction — is given to all students who receive
a perfect score.
 AMC 8 Winner Pin — given to the student(s) in each school
with the highest score.
 Certificate for Outstanding Achievement — the top three
Statement 5
Learning Disabilities
The AMC allows schools to provide the same accommodations
already established for timed mark-sense tests in a student’s
written education program, including extra time up to a maximum
of 70 minutes for the AMC 8. Students using additional time may
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students in each of your assigned sections will receive,
respectively, a gold, silver, or bronze certificate. In case of a
tie, additional certificates will be included with your results.
AMC 8 Distinguished Honor Roll Certificate — given to all
students who score in (approximately) the top 1%.
AMC 8 Honor Roll Certificate is given to all students who
score in (approximately) the top 5%.
AMC 8 Achievement Roll Certificate — given to all students
in 6th grade and below who score 15 or above.
Achievement Award Pins, Certificates of Merit, and neckties
are available for purchase if your school wishes to recognize
other outstanding students. Ordering information for these
awards will be sent along with your school’s results.
Questionnaire to Help Us Serve You Better
Thank you in advance for taking the time to answer these questions for us. Answer to the best of your ability, and
if you don’t know, just give us a “best estimate”. Please fill in your answers in the ovals provided on the back of the
school ID form. Thank you!
1. Rate the difficulty of the AMC 8 problems 1-15 compared to the difficulty of your mathematics curriculum:
0)much easier
1) easier
2) about the same
3) harder
2. What level math classes take the AMC contest? Mark all that apply:
0) grade 8
1) grade 7
2) grade 6
5) only advanced students (all grades)
3) grade 5 & 4
4) much harder
4) Math Club (all ages)
3. What are the obstacles in your school to offering the AMC 8? Mark all that apply:
0) cost
1) paperwork/purchase order
2) scheduling
3) duration of contest
4) finding location
5) other
4. Would you be interested in receiving the AMC 8 Teachers’ Manual as a PDF or other electronic document?
0) very interested
1) interested
2) neutral
3) not interested
4) do not want
5. Would you be interested in a more condensed AMC 8 Teachers’ Manual? For example, only including instructions for the day of the contest and having other forms, like Additional Bundles, located online.
0) very interested
1) interested
2) neutral
3) not interested
4) do not want
6. Is the curriculum in your school or district adopting or moving toward the Common Core State Standards?
0)yes
1) no
2) not sure
7. Is the AMC 8 a good supplement to the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics’ topics?
0)yes
1) somewhat
2) no
3) not sure
8. Which of the following features would you be interested in having access to using your online AMC Contest
Account? Mark all that apply:
0)ability to edit student information
1)prefilled student certificates
2)more payment options
3)ability to buy downloadable AMC Publications, like Math Club Packages, past contests, etc.
4)ability to build custom reports
5)I did not create an AMC Contest Account this year.
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XI. AMC 8 CERTIFICATION FORM 2013
To be eligible, a student should be 14.5 years of age or younger on the day of the contest and not enrolled in grades 9, 10, 11, or 12 or
equivalent. The AMC 8 must be administered by a teacher or an adult not associated with or related to any of the participants. The
administration of the contest must take place in a public building (e.g. school, library, church). Please send all Answer Forms from your
school or group at one time.
For a school/home school, the Contest Manager and the Principal, Vice Principal, Headmaster, Home School Coordinator, or person with
comparable title must sign this form and return it with your student Answer Forms. The Contest Manager must wait until all aspects of
the contest process at the school have been completed.
Certification by the principal, official or person with comparable title:
a. I certify that the contest package(s) were retained in their sealed condition within an hour of the start of the administration
of the contest.
b. I accept for our school/home school the rules and procedures described on this page and pages 4-6, and accept that failure
to follow these rules and procedures may result in DISQUALIFICATION from official standing of all scores from our
school.
Signature _________________________________________________ Time____________________________________
Title
_________________________________________________ Date____________________________________
If your school did not administer the AMC 8 contest on November 19, 2013, please enter the date(s) given ___________________.
If the contest was taken unofficially after the “window,” mark the exceptions box at the bottom and write
the reason on the bottom of this page.
Certification by the Contest Manager:
I certify that the following statements are true or that, if there are any exceptions, I have checked the box below and have listed them
below on the bottom of this page or on a separate sheet of paper. I understand that the absence of either signature from this form and a
consideration of the exceptions may result in DISQUALIFICATION of all scores from our school. I understand that administering the
AMC 8 before November 19, 2013 will lead to disqualification of our school’s results.
1. Only students in 8th grade or below, or ages 14.5 or below participated in the Contest.
2. The package of Contests was not opened until just before the administration of the Contest.
3. The participants were continuously monitored during the Contest, and they were separated by an empty space, if possible.
4. Participants had exactly 40 minutes working time.
5. No student was permitted to proctor the Contest.
6. I collected all of the students’ Contest booklets following the administration of the Contest.
7. After the Contest, the AMC 8 ANSWER FORMS were placed in the AMC 8 Report Envelope and kept secure. No changes
were made in the answers. If the AMC 8 was given at more than one time, the Contest papers were kept secure until all
administrations were over.
8. I have followed all the rules as stated in this Teachers’ Manual.
DAY & DATE
SIGNATURE_____________________________________
TEST WAS GIVEN ______________________
School Name _____________________________________
Telephone ______________________________
City ____________________________________________
State ___________
Email (please print clearly):__________________________
School Grade Level: _____ through _____
Zip ______________
PLEASE INDICATE THE EXACT NUMBER OF AMC 8 ANSWER FORMS RETURNED FOR GRADING: ___________
EXCEPTIONS
If accommodations for a Learning Disability were made, please list student name(s):
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XII. 2013 AMC 8 Sliffe Nomination Form
for the Edyth May Sliffe Award for
Distinguished Mathematics Teaching
(please print all information clearly)
The Sliffe Award is given each year to approximately fifty teachers from high-scoring AMC 8 schools. Winners
of this award receive a recognition certificate, an award pin, a cash prize, and a one-year membership to
the Mathematical Association of America. A special reception during the NCTM spring meeting honors the
award winners.
Nominate a teacher by filling out this form and submitting it to the AMC office or by filling out the online Sliffe
nomination form found on the AMC website, maa.org/math-competitions (available under Teacher Resources,
Sliffe Award).
Name of School Nominated Mathematics Teacher:_ _______________________________________________
Only one name may be submitted from your 2013 AMC 8 registered school, and it should be the mathematics
teacher who has been identified with the success of the students on the AMC 8. The teacher must be
currently employed by the participating school from which the student answer forms have been submitted.
It is perfectly acceptable to nominate yourself. However, past recipients of the Sliffe Award are ineligible.
School ID #: ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ Teacher’s Email:___________________________________________
School Name:_ ___________________________________________________________________________
City, State, & Zip:__________________________________________________________________________
School Telephone:_________________________________________________________________________
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XIII. Additional Bundles Form
Please fill in the information below and FAX your order. The administrator, authorized person, or person ordering for the school agrees
to pay the American Mathematics Competitions for the following materials:
School Name _________________________________________________________
Phone # ______________
Address _____________________________________________________________
City______________________________________________
State_ ___________
Zip __________________
Name of person placing the order ______________________________________________________________
Email address ______________________________________________________________________________
AMC 8
Contest Bundles of ten ............................ #[email protected] $16/bundle =..............$ ___________
Solutions, Sets of ten (optional)................ #[email protected] $ 7/set =......................$ _ ____________
Postage/Handling Fee (see chart below) ............................................................................................... $___________
Total.............................................................................................................................................................. $___________
VISA/MC# : _______________________________________________ Exp. Date: _____________________
Sec. Code: ______
Name (Please Print):_________________________________________ Phone #_ _______________________________________
Email (needed for email receipt): ________________________________________________________________________________
AMC ORDERING -- TERMS
1. VISA & MasterCard accepted.
2. Make checks payable to:
American Mathematics Competitions
3. PAYMENT IN U.S. FUNDS ONLY.
4. USA: $5.00 per bundle shipping charge*
5. OUTSIDE USA: $7.00 per bundle shipping charge*
SCAN and EMAIL to: [email protected]
OR
FAX 402-472-6087 or send your order to:
American Mathematics Competitions
ATTN: AMC 8 Additional Bundles
1740 Vine Street
Lincoln, NE 68508
*Orders for Additional Bundles will be accepted up to one week before the contest date. After that date,
orders for Additional Bundles will be fulfilled by electronic delivery, and charged the Additional Copies rate
of $3.00 per copy.
XIV. Proof of Intent to Pay
 Billed
P.O. Number ________________________________________________________________________
Complete billing address: __________________________________________________________________________
__________________________________________________________________________
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XV. AMC 8 Rescoring Request Form
I would like to have the following student’s answer form re-scored. I understand that there is a $10.00 charge for
each student answer form rescored.
$ 10.00/each
Student Name_____________________________________________________________ $_ ____________
Student Name_____________________________________________________________ $_ ____________
Student Name_____________________________________________________________ $_ ____________
Student Name_____________________________________________________________ $_ ____________
Grand Total _ _____________________________________________________________ $_ ____________
Teacher’s Name_____________________________________________School ID #__________________
School Name_____________________________________________Phone #_ __________________
Address ________________________________________________________________________
City______________________________________________________State_________Zip__________
Email where re-score should be sent _ ___________________________________________________
Method of Payment: (Rescores will not be processed until payment is received.)
Check (US funds only) made payable and mailed with this form to the:
AMERICAN MATHEMATICS COMPETITIONS
1740 Vine Street
Lincoln, NE 68508
Charge to Visa/Mastercard#:___________________________________________________________
Name on card (print):_____________________________________________________________
Signature_______________________________________________________________________
Expiration Date: ________________ Sec. Code: _______ Telephone:_______________________
Email for electronic credit card receipt:_______________________________________________
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XVI. AMC 8 Practice Questions
Example
Each of the following four large congruent squares is
subdivided into combinations of congruent triangles or
rectangles and is partially shaded. What percent of the total
area is partially shaded?
The original problem
and choices from the
2011 AMC 8 contest
(A) 12
1
2
(B) 20
(C) 25
(D) 33
1
3
(E) 37
1
2
2011 AMC 8, Problem #7—
“Find the shaded portion of each square separately. ”
Problem number
Hint
Solution
Answer (C): The upper left and the lower right squares are each one-fourth shaded, for a total of one-half square.
The shaded portions of the upper right and lower left squares make up one-half square. So the total shaded area is
one full square, which is 25% of the total area.
Difficulty: Medium
SMP-CCSS: 2, 7
CCSS-M: 6G.1, 6RP.3C
Standards for Math Practice
Common Core State Standard
7
12
Solution from official solutions
Difficulty, Percent correct
Easy 100-80%
Med Easy 80-60%
Medium
60-40%
Med Hard 40-20%
Hard 20-0%
AMC 8 Practice Questions Continued
12-01
Rachelle uses 3 pounds of meat to make 8 hamburgers for her
family. How many pounds of meat does she need to make 24
hamburgers for a neighborhood picnic?
(A) 6
(B) 6
2
3
(C) 7
1
2
(D) 8
(E) 9
2012 AMC 8, Problem #1—
“Find how much meat the family would use.”
Solution
Answer (E): Rachelle needs 24
8 = 3 times the amount of meat for the picnic than
she would use for her family. So she needs 3 × 3 = 9 pounds of meat.
OR
Set up a proportion to compare the two ratios of pounds of meat to number of
hamburgers.
x
3
=
8
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Solving for x, 8x = 72, so x = 9 pounds of meat.
Difficulty:
SMP-CCSS: 1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
CCSS-M: 6.RP.3. Use ratio and rate reasoning to solve real-world and mathematical problems.
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AMC 8 Practice Questions Continued
12-04
Peter’s family ordered a 12-slice pizza for dinner. Peter ate
one slice and shared another slice equally with his brother Paul.
What fraction of the pizza did Peter eat?
(A)
1
24
(B)
1
12
(C)
1
8
(D)
1
6
(E)
1
4
2012 AMC 8, Problem #4—
“Find the fraction of the total pizza for a whole slice.”
Solution
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Answer (C): The whole slice that Peter ate was 12
of the pizza. His half of the second slice was half of
of the pizza. The fraction of the pizza that Peter ate was
1
1
2
1
3
1
+
=
+
=
= .
12
24
24
24
24
8
Difficulty:
SMP-CCSS: 1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
CCSS-M: 5.NF.1. Add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators.
4
14
1
12 ,
or
1
24 ,
AMC 8 Practice Questions Continued
12-06
A rectangular photograph is placed in a frame that forms a
border two inches wide on all sides of the photograph. The
photograph measures 8 inches high and 10 inches wide. What
is the area of the border, in square inches?
(A) 36
(B) 40
(C) 64
(D) 72
(E) 88
2012 AMC 8, Problem #6—
“What is the width and height of the frame?”
Solution
Answer (E):
The width of the frame is 10 + 2 + 2 = 14 inches, and its height is 8 + 2 + 2 = 12 inches. It encloses an area of
14 × 12 = 168 square inches. The photograph occupies 10 × 8 = 80 square inches of that area, so the area of the
border itself is 168 − 80 = 88 square inches.
Difficulty:
SMP-CCSS: 1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
CCSS-M: 3.MD.7. Relate area to the operations of multiplication and addition.
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AMC 8 Practice Questions Continued
12-07
Isabella must take four 100-point tests in her math class. Her
goal is to achieve an average grade of at least 95 on the tests.
Her first two test scores were 97 and 91. After seeing her
score on the third test, she realized that she could still reach
her goal. What is the lowest possible score she could have
made on the third test?
(A) 90
(B) 92
(C) 95
(D) 96
(E) 97
2012 AMC 8, Problem #7—
“What should Isabella’s total score for all 4 tests be with an
average of 95?”
Solution
Answer (B):
To achieve an average grade of 95 on the four tests, Isabella must score a total of 4 × 95 = 380 points. She scored
a total of 97 + 91 = 188 points on her first two tests, so she must score a total of at least 380 − 188 = 192 points
on her last two tests. Because she can score at most 100 on her fourth test, she must have scored at least 92 on her
third test.
OR
Isabella’s first score was 95 + 2, her second score was 95 − 4, and her fourth score can be at most 95 + 5. Because
she can still achieve an average score of 95, her third score must have been at least 95 − 2 + 4 − 5 = 92.
Difficulty:
SMP-CCSS: 1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
CCSS-M: 6.SP.3. Recognize that a measure of center for a numerical data set summarizes all of its values
with a single number, while a measure of variation describes how its values vary with a single number.
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AMC 8 Practice Questions Continued
12-08
A shop advertises that everything is “half price in today’s sale.”
In addition, a coupon gives a 20% discount on sale prices.
Using the coupon, the price today represents what percentage
discount off the original price?
(A) 10
(B) 33
(C) 40
(D) 60
(E) 70
2012 AMC 8, Problem #8—
“What is the price of an item after both discounts are applied?”
Solution
Answer (D): The price of an item costing $d after both discounts are applied is .80(.50d) = .40d, a discount of
60% off the original price.
Difficulty:
SMP-CCSS: 1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
CCSS-M: 7.RP.3. Use proportional relationships to solve multistep ratio and percent problems.
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AMC 8 Practice Questions Continued
12-09
The Fort Worth Zoo has a number of two-legged birds and
a number of four-legged mammals. On one visit to the zoo,
Margie counted 200 heads and 522 legs. How many of the
animals that Margie counted were two-legged birds?
(A) 61
(B) 122
(C) 139
(D) 150
(E) 161
2012 AMC 8, Problem #9—
“How many birds were four-legged?”
Solution
Answer (C): All 200 heads belonged to animals with at least two legs, accounting for 400 of the 522 legs. The
additional 122 legs belonged to four-legged mammals, each of which had two additional legs. So Margie saw 122
2 = 61
four-legged mammals and 200 − 61 = 139 birds.
Difficulty:
SMP-CCSS: 1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
CCSS-M: 4.OA.3. Solve multistep word problems posed with whole numbers and having whole-number
answers using the four operations, including problems in which remainders must be interpreted.
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AMC 8 Practice Questions Continued
12-17
A square with an integer side length is cut into 10 squares, all
of which have integer side length and at least 8 of which have
area 1. What is the smallest possible value of the length of
the side of the original square?
(A) 3
(B) 4
(C) 5
(D) 6
(E) 7
2012 AMC 8, Problem #17—
“What is the least possible value for the area of the original
square?”
Solution
Answer (B): The area of the original square is a square number that is more than 8, so 16 is the least possible value
for the area of the original square. Its side has length 4. Two possible ways of cutting the square are shown below:
Difficulty:
SMP-CCSS: 1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
CCSS-M: 7.G.2. Draw (freehand, with ruler and protractor, and with technology) geometric shapes with
given conditions.
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AMC 8 Practice Questions Continued
12-20
What is the correct ordering of the three numbers
9
23 , in increasing order?
(A)
(C)
(E)
9
23
9
23
7
21
7
5
< 21
< 19
5
7
< 19
< 21
5
9
< 19
< 23
(B)
(D)
5
19
5
19
5
7
19 , 21 ,
<
<
7
21
9
23
and
<
<
9
23
7
21
2012 AMC 8, Problem #20—
“Use a common denominator for all three fractions.”
Solution
Answer (B): Using a common denominator,
7
9
189
7
9
Also 21
= 161
483 and 23 = 483 , so 21 < 23 .
5
19
=
105
399
and
7
21
=
133
399 ,
so
5
19
<
7
21 .
OR
Comparing each fraction,
5
7
9
19 < 21 < 23 .
7
21
=
1
3,
5
19
<
5
15
=
1
3,
and
9
23
>
9
27
=
1
3,
so the correct increasing order is
Difficulty:
SMP-CCSS: 1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
CCSS-M: 6.NS.7. Understand ordering and absolute value of rational numbers.
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AMC 8 Practice Questions Continued
12-24
A circle of radius 2 is cut into four congruent arcs. The four
arcs are joined to form the star figure shown. What is the ratio
of the area of the star figure to the area of the original circle?
4−π
(A)
π
1
(B)
π
(C)
√
2
π
(D)
π−1
π
(E)
3
π
2012 AMC 8, Problem #24—
“Translate the star into the circle and create a square concentric
to the circle.”
Solution
Answer (A): Translate the star into the circle so that the points of the star coincide with the points on the circle.
Construct four segments connecting the consecutive points of the circle and the star, creating a square concentric
to the circle.
The area of the circle is π(2)2 = 4π. The square is made up of four congruent right triangles with area
so the area of the square is 4 × 2 = 8. The area inside the circle but outside the square is 4π − 8.
1
2 (2×2)
= 2,
This is also the area inside the square but outside the star. So, the area of the star is 8 − (4π − 8) = 16 − 4π. The
ratio of the area of the star figure to the area of the original circle is 16−4π
= 4−π
4π
π .
Difficulty:
SMP-CCSS: 1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
CCSS-M: 7.G.4. Know the formulas for the area and circumference of a circle and use them to solve
problems.
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XVII. Publicity
If possible the sample Contest Announcement and Results Announcement news releases should be prepared and
distributed to the newspapers, radio and television stations in your region. See the AMC website for statistics and
figures from the the 2013 contest available in December.
(School or School District)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(School) STUDENTS INVITED TO WORLD-WIDE COMPETITION
( # ) students at (School) participated in the 29th annual American Mathematics Competitions 8,
held on Tuesday, November 19, 2013. They competed for local and national student and school
awards. The contest, which covers middle school mathematics, is given at participating schools.
Its purpose is to spur interest in mathematics and develop talent through the excitement of
friendly competition at problem solving in a timed format. In 2012 over 150,000 students from
over 2,300 schools participated in the AMC 8 contest including ( # ) students from ( # ) schools
in (State).
The AMC 8, first offered in 1985, is an annual project sponsored by The Mathematical
Association of America, and is located at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. The AMC
receives support from the Akamai Foundation, Academy of Applied Sciences, American
Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges, American Mathematical Society, American Statistical
Association, Art of Problem Solving, Awesome Math, Casualty Actuarial Society, Conference Board of
the Mathematical Sciences, the D.E. Shaw Group, Jane Street Capital, Math for America, Mu Alpha Theta,
Andy and Laurie Okun, Pi Mu Epsilon, the Society for Industiral and Applied Mathematics and W.H.
Freeman. The Contest is given across the USA, Canada, and in many schools abroad.
Details concerning the 2013-2014 AMC contests for Middle School and High School are
available on the AMC web site: maa.org/math-competitions. Entries for the AMC 10/12 2014
contest close on January 24, 2014 for the February 4th exam, and on February 7, 2014 for the
February 19nd contest.
For further information contact the AMC -- email us at [email protected]
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Fall 2013
Dear Parent or Guardian:
On November 19, 2013 your son or daughter will participate in the 29th annual American Mathematics
Competitions 8 (AMC 8) contest being offered in your school. Last year the AMC 8 contest involved over
150,000 students worldwide.
With these contests, there are awards in each school for the student with the highest score, certificates for
high-scoring students in each school, and state-wide awards. The AMC 8 contest can lead to other more
selective math contests, even all the way to the United States of America team sent to the International
Mathematical Olympiad, the premier international high school level mathematical problem solving
contest. But the real rewards come from challenging each student with mathematics that is new, different,
and “outside of the box.” The problems on the contest are difficult, but designed to be within the reach of
students. Even so, if your son or daughter managed to solve only one or two problems, this should be an
encouragement to learn more, because these problems are meant to be more challenging than students
routinely encounter in their mathematics courses.
Mathematics is increasingly important in our technological and scientific age. Taking enough mathematics
in school is the gateway to jobs and careers of all kinds, even those that are not explicitly mathematical,
scientific or technological. We hope that by offering these contests, we can challenge and inspire students to
want to learn more mathematics. We hope that your son or daughter enjoys the contests and will continue
to take mathematics courses in middle school, high school and beyond.
Sincerely,
Dr. Steven R. Dunbar
Director, MAA American Mathematics Competitions
American Mathematics Competitions
University of Nebraska - Lincoln | PO Box 880658 | 1740 Vine Street | Lincoln, NE 68588-0658
402.472.2257/phone | 402.472.6087/fax | [email protected] | maa.org/math-competitions
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American Mathematics Competitions
CERTIFICATE
Awarded to
for participating in the
American Mathematics Contest 8
(AMC 8)
__________________________________
2013
Steven R. Dunbar, Director
American Mathematics Competitions
__________________________________
Margie Raub Hunt, Chair
AMC 8 Subcommittee
American Mathematics Competitions
CERTIFICATE
Awarded to
for participating in the
American Mathematics Contest 8
(AMC 8)
__________________________________
Steven R. Dunbar, Director
American Mathematics Competitions
2013
__________________________________
Margie Raub Hunt, Chair
AMC 8 Subcommittee
XIX. Certificate of Participation (facing page)
(for reproduction, page 24)
XX. Facsimile of the AMC 8 front cover
American Mathematics Competitions
29th Annual
AMC 8
American Mathematics Contest 8
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
INSTRUCTIONS
1. DO NOT OPEN THIS BOOKLET UNTIL YOUR PROCTOR TELLS YOU.
2. This is a twenty-five question multiple choice test. For each question, only one answer
choice is correct.
3. Mark your answer to each problem on the AMC 8 Answer Form with a #2 pencil.
Check the blackened circles for accuracy and erase errors and stray marks completely.
Only answers properly marked on the answer form will be graded.
4. There is no penalty for guessing. Your score is the number of correct answers.
5. Only scratch paper, graph paper, rulers, protractors, and erasers are allowed as aids.
Calculators are NOT allowed. No problems on the test require the use of a calculator.
6. Figures are not necessarily drawn to scale.
7. Before beginning the test, your proctor will ask you to record your information on
the answer form.
8. You will have 40 minutes to complete the test once your proctor tells you to begin.
9. When you finish the exam, sign your name in the space provided on the answer form.
The Committee on the American Mathematics Competitions reserves the right to re-examine students before
deciding whether to grant official status to their scores. The Committee also reserves the right to disqualify all
scores from a school if it determines that the required security procedures were not followed.
The publication, reproduction or communication of the problems or solutions of the AMC 8 during the period
when students are eligible to participate seriously jeopardizes the integrity of the results. Dissemination via
copier, telephone, email, internet or media of any type during this period is a violation of the competition
rules. After the contest period, permission to make copies of individual problems in paper or electronic form
including posting on web pages for educational use is granted without fee provided that copies are not made or
distributed for profit or commercial advantage and that copies bear the copyright notice.
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